VANCOUVER, Wash. – Aug. 5, 2018 – Gifford Pinchot National Forest commercial huckleberry permits for the 2018 berry season will be available at the forest’s ranger districts and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters beginning Monday, August 6. A permit is required for all people harvesting more than three gallons, or selling any quantity of berries, on forest-managed lands.
The following regulations apply to commercial huckleberry permits:
- Permits are $40 per permit for 14 days, or $75 for a season.
- Permits will be issued beginning August 6, 2018.
- All huckleberry permits include camping conditions that require all garbage and human waste tobe contained and removed from national forest land- “pack it in, pack it out.”
- Berry harvesters may camp up to 14 days.
- Rakes or mechanical devices for berry harvest are not permitted, as they damage plants.
- A free map issued with permits shows areas on the forest that are closed to all harvest.
- Violation of any regulation for commercial harvest is subject to a citation and fine.
- For the safety of all forest users, berry harvesters are asked not to park vehicles in the roadway. Remember that parking in some developed recreation sites requires a Northwest Forest Pass.
Under Washington State law huckleberry buyers and sellers must register their sales transactions. For more details, visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forests’s forest permits page: www.fs.usda.gov/main/giffordpinchot/passes-permits/forestproducts.
A free-use permit is also required for harvesting smaller quantities of berries, for personal consumption, and can be obtained at no cost at the same locations commercial permits are sold.
For more information, contact: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (360) 497-1100; Mount Adams Ranger District (509) 395-3400; or Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (360) 449-7800.
Source information: Gifford Pinchot National Forest public affairs staff